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Best things to do in South Padre Island

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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in South Padre Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep them in captivity. We do have daily BOAT tours to... more » Owner description: This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep them in captivity. We do have daily BOAT tours to take you out to meet them. Our facility has touch tanks and marine exhibits to help all who visit understand how we can help save our oceans. « less
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Ranked #2 of 11 attractions in South Padre Island
Category: Islands; Beaches; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Who is your favorite turtle?Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island", originally formed our organization to... more » Owner description: Who is your favorite turtle?Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island", originally formed our organization to save the Kemp's ridley sea turtle in 1977. Now we are a sea turtle hospital with a mission to rehabilitate and release any injured sea turtles, increase awareness concerning their safety and habitat, and assist with conservation efforts for all sea turtle species. We are funded by donations, grants and gift shop proceeds-- 80% goes to help sea turtles locally, and 20% funds other sea turtle projects around the world. For rehabilitated sea turtle and hatchling release text message notifications, please see our website membership page. See you at Sea Turtle, Inc.! « less
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Ranked #3 of 11 attractions in South Padre Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Also on Facebook- South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
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Ranked #4 of 11 attractions in South Padre Island
Category: Convention Centers; Other
Owner description: The South Padre Island Convention Centre's 45,000 square feet of meeting space can be utilized in a variety of... more » Owner description: The South Padre Island Convention Centre's 45,000 square feet of meeting space can be utilized in a variety of configurations. Primary facilities include 22,500 square feet of exhibit hall space with a clear ceiling height of 36 feet for concerts, large meetings and sporting events; a 2,633 sq. ft. modern, media-oriented conference auditorium for 250; and 9,000 square feet of meeting rooms in various sizes. A large central lobby will also house exhibits and functions. A large terrace adjoins the lobby and a formal entry court provides covered arrival and waiting areas for people parking in the paved areas for 500 cars. « less
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Ranked #5 of 11 attractions in South Padre Island
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Water Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Surf manmade waves, move from ride to ride without ever leaving the water, blast uphill and down on thrilling water coasters... more » Owner description: Surf manmade waves, move from ride to ride without ever leaving the water, blast uphill and down on thrilling water coasters or float peacefully on passive rides at this tropical water park along the beaches of South Padre Island. Over two dozens attractions for all ages, park has both outdoor and indoor attractions. Indoor attractions are open year-round in an heated, covered environment. Waterpark also has a beachfront resort hotel, multiple restaurants, 100' tall zipline ride and underwater Sea Trek attraction (open seasonally). Outside food and beverages are allowed (no glass or alcohol), free parking, free use of inner tubes and free use of life vests. Private cabanas with table side wait staff are also available for rental. « less
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Ranked #6 of 11 attractions in South Padre Island
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
This one-acre park and fishing pier was once the Queen Isalbella Causeway.
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Ranked #7 of 11 attractions in South Padre Island
Category: Beaches; State Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #8 of 11 attractions in South Padre Island
Category: Beaches; Parks; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Outdoors

Andy Bowie Park is an excellent park for the person who wants to get away from the crowds and yet have showers, concessions, beach rentals and such at their finger tips. The Park... more »

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Ranked #9 of 11 attractions in South Padre Island
Category: Islands; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #10 of 11 attractions in South Padre Island
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